There is a chill in the air and the scent of magic in the wind. Fantasy always makes us yearn for a time machine and a magic wand, and as the days grow colder and darker, We love nothing more than curling up with an enchanting read. The perfect mix of history and fantasy is guaranteed to transport you in any of these titles.
Magical Yule Tidings by Brenda Trim
I've mastered my magic, faced down demons, and killed an evil Fae king. There isn't much I can't do. Except tell my kids I'm a powerful witch-Fae hybrid. My kids return home to Pymm's Pondside for the holidays. Before I can tell them about my magic, a pixie, and a mermaid blow my cover. Their shock is expected, but not their anger. Turns out my oldest nearly burned down their house and was convinced something was wrong with her. I could have helped her if I hadn't insisted on hiding my magic from them. The girls give me the silent treatment while my son can't stop asking questions. Thank goodness Violet and Aislinn are here to help ease my children into the magical world. But as my daughters start to come around, all three of my children go missing. Convinced the evil entity stalking Cottlehill Wilds is to blame, I enlist the help of all my friends. When I fall under the same siren spell as my kids, I'm thrown to the proverbial wolves and Sebastian is my only hope. Is his love for me strong enough to overcome the enchantments? And can he rescue us all?
Steele by Alana Khan
A past they can’t ignore. A love that must endure. Zoey - When slavers threw me into the silver gladiator's cell and ordered me to either breed or die, I was ready to choose death. Except I realized my choice would kill him, too. I’ve grown to love him with all my heart, but the voices of my past hold me back. I must let go of my fear to experience the true depth of our love . . . but at what cost? Steele - I cherish everything about my shy, affectionate female and would gladly give my life for her despite our harsh beginning. No matter how deeply I love her, she still holds back. Our relationship is at a breaking point, but I refuse to let her go. We are at war with her past. I vow we will conquer it together. Steele is a standalone book in the Galaxy Gladiators series. Follow this couple as they fight for their love against the backdrop of holiday camaraderie among the pirates, gladiators, and inhabitants of Sanctuary. The story has everything you’ve come to expect from bestselling author Alana Khan—a happily ever after, nonstop action, and sensual love scenes.
Burn by Tana Stone
When the Inferno Force battleship I’m working on jumps away to save a colony under attack, I have no choice but to become part of the crew. But the Inferno Force ship is nothing like the high-tech space station I’m used to—and the warrior crew isn’t used to females on board. For a curvy brainiac who’s not used to being noticed, I’m now being noticed—a lot. At least my best work friend—also an Inferno Force warrior—is onboard, but it doesn’t help that I’ve started to look at Vekron as, well, not a friend. The last thing I want is to lose my only friend if things didn’t work out. When we learn that the attack on the colony didn’t come from the Drexian’s usual enemy, but instead from a new alien scourge sweeping across the galaxy, my traitorous thoughts are pushed aside as the entire ship works to rebuild the colony and defend it from the deadly threat. But life among the gorgeous warriors is anything but simple, and my feelings for Vekron make it torturous. I might survive the terrifying alien swarm, but can I survive being forced to live side by side with the one guy I can’t risk falling for?
A Killer Midlife by Lia Davis & L.A. Boruff
Necromancer-witch hybrid Ava Harper has accomplished many things in the year since moving back home to Shipton Harbor. She’s checking things of a bucket list she never knew she had. Met—and started dating—a hot cop Caught a murderer. More than once. Sent a couple of lunatics to Hades with the help of her devilish neighbor. Visited Paris. Saved a bunch of shifter kids. Animated her cat’s girlfriend. Sold her old house and found closure. Discovered her aunt’s ghost. Saved her mother’s ghost from a dark evil blob. The list goes on and seems to be never ending. Now Ava is faced with a new entity to deal with. Faeries! Who knew? They’ve dropped a bombshell on Ava and her best friend Olivia. While they come to terms with all the insanity their lives have thrown their way, Ava gets more news from her mother. Mommy dearest learned some interesting and relevant information while in the Inbetween. She has news about Ava’s father that will change the course of Ava’s life and take her down another new, exciting path. Will this new thread in Ava’s life prove to be more dangerous than she could’ve dreamed of? Maybe. But it’s more likely that the truth about her father will be killer.
Alien Abduction by Lee Savino & Golden Angel
I was dying, but now I'm fine. My e-reader sucked me through to another universe where I'm healed and trained as an alien bride. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the new chance at life, but I'm not sure I want to be mated to a hulking, brooding, bossy alien. Though he's kinda hard to resist... Relationship status between me and my giant alien abductor: it's complicated.
Amazingly Good Eggnog
It's taken me several years to perfect this homemade eggnog recipe. Now everyone asks, 'When are you making the eggnog?!' This uses cooked eggs for safety, and you can use more or less rum to taste. It's a bit of work to make, but well worth it. You'll never buy store-bought eggnog again! Enjoy!
Prep: 20 mins Cook: 8 mins Additional: 1 hr Total: 1 hr 28 mins Servings: 12 Yield: 12 servings
4 cups milk 5 whole cloves ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 12 egg yolks 1 ½ cups sugar 2 ½ cups light rum 4 cups light cream 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Step 1 - Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil. Step 2 - In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about 1 hour. Step 3 - Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight, before serving. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 404 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 32g; fat 17.1g; cholesterol 59.3mg; sodium 65.9mg.